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Safety Driving Tips With Phillip Kekana

Safety - 08 March 2019

We recently caught up with racing legend, Phillip Kekana, to get some performance-driven safety driving tips. Phillip started his career as a hearse driver and then became a taxi driver to raise money for his racecar training. His family thought his dream was too far-fetched, but Phillip also knew he was destined to be a racecar driver. In 2002, Phillip Kekana became the first black racer to win a Production Car Championship, when the series was still sponsored by Bridgestone.

Phillip Kekana is the Road Safety Ambassador for Puma Energy South Africa and even works with the Department of Community Safety in Gauteng to educate local schools and motorists.

The Soweto-born stuntman also has some amazing star-studded moments acting alongside Idris Elba as his stunt car in the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

Years later, Phillip became an advanced-driving instructor to teach motorists how to improve their driving skills and handle vehicles in wet weather conditions. He also runs workshops across Africa to help riders become defensive driving experts.

What Skills Should Every Driver Have?

Phillip Kekana has raced everything from minibus taxis to million-dollar cars. With over 20 years’ experience in the motorsport industry, when he drives on the highways and byways, he is even more cautious because he knows that not all drivers have the skills he has. Phillip says: “The biggest danger on our roads are other motorists who drive blindly and don’t focus on driving.”

Driving is the ability to take control of a vehicle and requires many skills. It is 85% mental and 15% physical. You always need to be vigilant by observing warning signs, traffic lights and road markings. All the traffic signs are there to guide you and prevent you from having a collision or accident.

Too often he sees drivers not signalling or driving through red lights. These risky driving manoeuvres can cause accidents. Motorists need to drive carefully and alert other cars of where they plan to go next,” exclaims Phillip Kekana.

“We can’t expect other drivers to know that we are about to make a turn, it is up to every driver to use indicator lights so that fellow drivers can anticipate our next move.”

If you need to enhance your driving skills. Phillip Kekana recommends doing an advanced driving course that gets you ready to take on any driving challenge –from dodging potholes to handling your car during a tyre blowout.

Where Can You Do a Defensive Driving Course?

The best drivers know how to drive smoothly – a skill you can learn at an advanced driving course. When Phillip started his racing career, he was trained by Ben Morgan and Sarel Dabiel van der Merwe. He was fortunate to have many mentors during his racing career that helped him to rise to the top.

His first lesson was understanding his car and learning how to control it at high speeds and around sharp corners. Then he was taught how to do the quickest lap in the fastest time – by being one with his car. It is possible on a racetrack to go at 200km/h and still have control over the suspension of the vehicle. These are some of the skills you will learn when you do an advanced driving course.

If your car manufacturer offers an advanced driving course, it is worth signing up, or investigate one of the many options available:

  1. Volkswagen Driving Academy
  2. BMW and MINI driving Experience
  3. Mercedes-Benz AMG Driving Academy
  4. Audi Driving Experience
  5. Ford Driving Skills For Life

These courses teach you the art of anticipation, how to read what is happening around you while on the road so that you learn how to become a defensive driver.

What Are the Most Important Safety Tips While Driving?

The more you drive the better you become – but it’s also easy to settle into bad habits that compromise your safety. We are all busy and often forget to pay attention while driving. Distracted driving [VS1] leads to around 1.6 million accidents on an annual basis. It is up to us to be more alert while driving and keep safety top of mind every time we get behind the steering wheel.

S.M.A.R.T Driving Tips

Phillip Kekana believes if we all drive S.M.A.R.T we can lower the accident rate on our national roads.

  1. Stay sharp – your fast reflexes need to be ready for anything. See what is in front of you and always check your blind spots.
  2. Maximise savings – Sticking to the speed limit saves fuel and decreases the risk of accidents.
  3. Avoid distractions – put your phone on silent to focus on the road. One out of four car crashes are caused by mobile phone usage while driving.
  4. Respect road rules – brush up on what to do at a roundabout. Remember that the driver to the right has right of way, once the road is clear you may enter the traffic circle.
  5. Troubleshoot breakdowns – service your car before you go on holiday. Stop by a Supa Quick to make sure that your car has done a #SupaSafety check before you hit the road.

Pass these S.M.A.R.T tips on to help other drivers stay safe, regularly check to see if your tyres are inflated correctly, and remember that road safety begins with you!

Disclaimer:This information is for educational, or entertainment purposes only. The views expressed here are not that of Supa Quick. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information on this site is at your own risk. We will not be liable for any losses and damages in connection with the content on this site.

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